Tag Archives: grassroots

Bill McKibben on Leaderless Movements: 350.org and Environmental Leadership

In his recent post on 350.org, lifelong climate change activist Bill McKibben wrote: “it’s a little disconcerting to look around and realize that most of the movements of the moment — even highly successful ones like the fight for gay marriage or immigrant’s rights — don’t really have easily discernible leaders. I know that there […]

Visionary Leadership from Pro-Democracy Women in the Middle East

The 1st Middle East Women’s Conference opened in Diyarbakır, Turkey this summer. The conference, a gathering of visionary women’s movement leaders from the Middle East, was dedicated to the memory of Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan, Leyla Şaylemez, who were brutally murdered in Paris on 9 January. It was organized by the Democratic Free Women Movement […]

Shakti Vahini’s Activist Leadership: Diversity, Alliances and Social Change

Often we believe that the best leaders to right a wrong are those who have suffered the oppression. But world-changing leadership needs to come from allies as well as those who suffer, or activism cannot succeed in changing a damaged culture. Whatever the cause, whatever the oppression, alliances must be made between leaders from privileged […]